Today I had cause to write a note repeatedly. It was less than 20 words, but I chose to write it out the 8 times required, rather than type it, because I thought it would be quicker and easier.
Not only was it not quicker, but my hands got very tired, very quickly. That’s when I realised, that I type so much these days, including short notes, letters and of course blog posts (lol), that I don’t use my handwriting for much more than signatures.
Is handwriting dying then? Hopefully not, but in reality, at least in my work and in my life, which is so computer-centric, yes it is? Not in my children’s lives as yet. They still do a lot of their school work with handwriting, but I am sure that the further they progress through school, the more that will change.
Is that good or bad? In a way its both. I like having the skill, but I find it so much quicker, easier and neater to type than to write.
What about you – is your handwriting skill suffering like mine and how do you feel about it, or are you cultivating this skill through deliberate choices?